The Darwin Awards: Evolution in Action (Darwin Awards #1)
Named in honor of Charles Darwin, the father of evolution, The Darwin Awards vividly portrays the finest examples of evolution in action, and shows us just how uncommon common sense can be.
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Horrible in its attitude, that is. Actually, it is very cleverly written and readable.
The book narrates incidents where people die or lose their reproductive capability through stupid acts (the so-called "stupidity" is debatable in some cases, though)and thus contribute to the cause of evolution of a smarter homo sapiens by removing their "stupidity" genes from the gene pool. For this service, they are presented with a Darwin Award.
The website is immensely popular, and th ...more
Here we have Trevor and Carol (IQs 138 and 141 respectively) vs Clevon (IQ 84). Carol and Trevor are waiting for the right time - in their ...more
Anyway, this book chronicles the bizarre ways in which people have 'improved our gene pool by removing themselves from it in an astonishingly stupid way'. Also eligib ...more
Named after Charles Darwin, the father of evolution and the theory of natural selection this book uses his ideas to critique the stupidity of humanity. Th ...more
You head off chipper to work only to have your spirit crushed by the struggle to learn new computer software. Meanwhile, a coworker, the office suck-up, spent his weekend reading the entire help section and proceeds to show off his tech prowess to the boss.
Needing a pick-me-up after a hellish day, you swing by the grocery store on the way home to invest your life savings in a tub of Ben & Jerry's ice cream. However, you only manage to increase your level of frustration b ...more
A similar award, the Ignobel, ha ...more
And thus the Darwin Awards were born, and whilst it originally built up momentum as a mailing list at Stanford Universit ...more
In the founding days of the Internet, these Darwin Awards were one of the first chain letters to be created, named after the father of evolution, Charles Darwin. In 1993, UC Berkeley began collecting them, finally starting a website www.darwinawards.com. Since July of 1999 there have be ...more
The major problem with this book is not that it has limited ambitions and feels like a stocking stuffer (though it unquestionably does); the problem is that ...more
"The Darwin Awards" is a book that awards people for improving the gene pool, by removing themselves from it. This is a book that celebrates idiocy. Learn about the gangster from Sao Paul who threw the pin while holding onto the grenade, or the sun tanner who spent 45 minutes in a UV machine wi ...more
Despite the fact that a significant portion of stories are either admittedly unverified accounts and/or urban legends, which kind of defeats the whole purpose of the book, the narrator was nearly unbearable. His obnoxious, smarmy tone makes you cringe as he hits you with the ...more
This book is not about scientifically evolution theory, but then the evolution of mind is happening and observable in life. Natural selection.. We never know how long our life will last. If we don’t survive to pass this generation, I just hope stupidity doesn’t take any part in it. Because if it does, then you'll win the Darwin awards and sometimes without ever knowing it. Aw ...more
Though intended primarily to be funny the "Darwin Award for the Dry Spell" segment left me wondering a bit... A man died after trying to cross the desert with only three quarts of water. It states that those in the know ...more
Not wanting to spoil how this started you need to read the story at the Darwin Awards site, and while these stories are sad in the fact that people died, you can't help but thinking, if you were going to try this, then you had it coming to you.
Satisfied there are a few good accounts from Mexico, Pennsylvania, and Delaware for sure.
I found mys ...more
As long as I don't think too deeply, this is an amusing book. It sure is hard to believe that some people were that stupid. I was pl ...more
But as time-passers go, you could do a lot worse. I found myself barely able to put the book down as I scanned entries, hoping and expecting th ...more
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Northcutt is the author of the international bestsellers The Darwin Awards: Evolution in Action, The Darwin Awards 2: Unnatural Selection, The Darwin Awards 3: Survival of the Fittest, and The Darwin A ...more